Q: Need divorce advice for husband who left home due to mental and physical abuse by the stay at home mother.
Husband left the home due to mental and physical abuse over 2 years. The mother was a stay at home mom and filed first because he left, he willingly paid the rental amount for 2 months plus groceries and other needs but stopped when she restricted the father access to the child because he can only see her on the mothers terms but he does not want to be around the mother. She has filed for emergency ordered support which was denied then filed for pendente lite plus child care but she has been working now for over a month also. She is also trying to have all of her attorney fees paid but the father can not afford an attorney himself as he is trying to get a home together for his child to obtain court ordered custody. Mother has a previous domestic violence charge against the father.
A: If you cannot afford an attorney, I recommend you contact the legal aid department in your area and see if they will take your case. I also recommend contacting the social justice centers of any law schools in your area, as some of them are equipped to handle certain family law cases for indigent members of the community.
A: Thank you for your inquiry. I’m sure this must be a very frustrating situation for your friend. He will need temporary orders to set parameters pending the end of the divorce. The issue of his parenting time, and other things, can be addressed with a motion. There are many factors effecting the outcome of such a motion. If he has not done so yet, he needs to seek a free consultation from a qualified family law attorney. His situation sounds like it has many issues that need to addressed by a professional.
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